Check Out “Only You” by Up and Coming MC IshDARR [FULL STREAM] @ishdarr

Check Out "Only You" by Up and Coming MC IshDARR

Check Out “Only You” by Up and Coming MC IshDARR.

These days, musical talent is popping up all over the map. Our latest find comes from Milwaukee, WI. IshDARR is a young spitter with some skill, some soul, and some potential. This track “Only You” can be found on his latest project titled Old Soul Young Spirit, which dropped in March. Going forward, we expect to hear more goodness from IshDARR, but in the meantime, be sure to give this a proper listen.

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SAVON Beautifully Remixes Drake’s “Jungle” @beatsbysavon

SAVON Beautifully remixes Jungle by Drake

SAVON is a DJ from Grand Rapids, Michigan. His music is characterized by chill vibes with an electronic sound. While Drake‘s track “Jungle” needs no fixing, SAVON’s mellowed-out, bass-heavy remix is a nice switch-up from the original.

If you’re interested in hearing more from SAVON, he most recently dropped an EP titled Something, For Now. Check it out Here

Listen to SAVON’s “Jungle” Remix:

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The Come Up Continues: New Music from Jay Bel & Jimi Tents [FULL STREAM] @jayxbel @Jimitents

The Come Up Continues: New Music from Jay Bel & Jimi Tents

The Come Up Continues: New Music from Jay Bel & Jimi Tents

The come up continues: new music from Jay Bel and Jimi Tents. Sleepercamp is putting music fans on notice that they are not to be slept on. With Jimi Tents’ recent single “Elmer Fudd” receiving wildly positive feedback, Jay Bel further solidifies the group’s growing success with the release of his new single “Trans-Euro.” The newest sound out of New York City emanates talent and good vibes. While Jay Bel and Jimi Tents will likely be around for a while, earn the right to say you heard ’em here first.

Listen to “Trans-Euro” by Jay Bel & Jimi Tents:

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Q-Tip Resurfaces in Top Form on The Chemical Brothers’ New Offering “Go” [FULL VIDEO] @ChemBros @QtipTheAbstract @MichelGondry


The Abstract Poetic, Q-Tip, has reunited with his UK comrades Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons – a.k.a. The Chemical Brothers – and it sounds so good. An early teaser from the revered electronic icons’ forthcoming Born in the Echoes LP due July 17th, the dynamic first single “Go” arrives roughly ten years after their initial collaboration with the A Tribe Called Quest alum. “Galvanize,” the linchpin of the duo’s 2005 album Push the Button, was a sonic tour de force, and we dare say that “Go” packs an even mightier sonic punch. Read more of this post

Prince-Endorsed Songstress Lianne La Havas Proves an “Unstoppable” Force with New Single [FULL VIDEO] @liannelahavas @paulepworth @NonesuchRecords


While it’s no secret that the crew here at soulhead are devoted fans of the UK music scene, we continue to be perplexed by the dearth of dynamic British soul acts that actually break through stateside. Notwithstanding Adele and Sam Smith’s recent – and very much warranted – global success, the US market simply remains a frustratingly formidable barrier for English acts with career ambitions that extend across the Atlantic. Particularly so for non-white artists. However, we believe that one emerging artist is destined to achieve the rare and unthinkable feat of seducing US audiences on a grand scale. Her name is Lianne La Havas. Read more of this post

Prince – Stare Snippet [NEW SONG] FULL STREAM

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Check out this snippet of a new tune, Stare, by Prince who seems to be cooking up something special this Summer! Enjoy.

Kehlani Absolutely NAILS Her Collab With Chance the Rapper [FULL STREAM] @kehlanimusic @chancetherapper

Kehlani Absolutely NAILS Her Collab With Chance the Rapper

Kehlani absolutely NAILS her collab with Chance the Rapper.

For those who don’t know, Kehlani is a 19 year-old R&B artist who hails from Oakland, California. Her journey thus far has included a transition from dancer to singer, an appearance on America’s Got Talent, and, most recently, the release of her LP “You Should Be Here.” She states that her musical influences include the likes of  Stevie Wonder, Musiq Soulchild, Lauryn Hill, and more. In her new single “The Way” featuring Chance the Rapper, these influences definitely shine through. The combination of smooth vocals over a dope instrumental never sounded better.

Check out “The Way” by Kehlani ft. Chance the Rapper:

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#LongPlayLove: Diana Ross’ Diana – Celebrating 35 Years by Justin Chadwick [FULL ALBUM STREAM] @justin_chadwick @DianaRoss @DianaRossFans @nilerodgers @motown @ClassicMotown


Happy 35th Anniversary to Diana Ross’ LP Diana, originally released May 22, 1980.

A lifelong music obsessive, my passion for song can be traced all the way back to my very early childhood, which spanned from the late 1970s into the 1980s. Music commanded a staple presence in my family’s home, with the turntable spinning on the regular, and my parents blessed my and my sister’s ears with a delectable variety of records. Their tastes were thankfully broad, encompassing nearly everything from classic rock (e.g., Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel), AOR (Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan), the Blues (John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt), R&B (Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and the entire Motown roster), Jazz (Billie Holiday, Miles Davis), classical, and beyond. And while disco’s popularity was already well into freefall mode as the ‘70s concluded, it remained a familiar sound emanating from our living room speakers into the new decade. Read more of this post

Bilal Teases Highly-Anticipated Forthcoming LP with Poignant New Single “Satellites” [FULL VIDEO] @Bilal @AdrianYounge


With so much exciting new music still on the horizon in 2015, one upcoming album in particular has the soulhead team disproportionately giddy with anticipation: Bilal’s In Another Life. Featuring production by the incomparable Adrian Younge and guest contributions from Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T., and Kimbra, the Philly-bred soul savant’s fifth studio LP is slated to arrive June 30th and promises to be one of the year’s very best.

To make the next few weeks of waiting a bit more bearable, Bilal has blessed our ears and eyes with another preview of the album, in the form of the stunningly powerful single “Satellites” and its accompanying video. Across a psychedelic organ & percussion propelled groove with vocals echoing the likes of Prince and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Bilal proclaims his disillusionment with his fellow humans’ penchant for cruelty, wearily lamenting “Just another day, in another life / I’m a satellite, watching the world watch people / as they do what they do to people.” Read more of this post

Andra Day – (Amy Winehouse) vs (Lauryn Hill) “He Can Only Hold Her” vs “Doo-Wop That Thing” by @AndraDayMusic @newmusicseminar

We were really blown away by the amazing vocals coming from this sister from San Diego.  Thanks to the folks at the New Music Seminar for hipping us to this emerging talent that you need to check out.  If this is any indication of where she is going, we want to be there for sure.  In this awesome mashup performance of classics from Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill, Andra Day really make us take notice.  We hope to hear more from her in the future. Read more of this post

#LongPlayLove: Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted – Celebrating 25 Years by Justin Chadwick [FULL ALBUM STREAM] @justin_chadwick @icecube @SIRJINX @OGCHILLYCHILL @hankshocklee @WizardKjee @VIETNAMSADLER


Happy 25th Anniversary to Ice Cube’s debut LP AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, originally released May 16, 1990.

As I’ve previously written about here in this column, there is no bigger sucker for good music documentaries than yours truly, whether it’s Wattstax, No Direction Home, Ken Burns’ Jazz series for PBS, Time is Illmatic, or pretty much any episode of VH1’s Behind the Music. There’s just something endlessly entertaining about the combination of discovering musicians’ back stories, digesting the measured narration that accompanies their firsthand tales, and of course, revisiting the rush of the music, in all of its timeless glory. I can—and most definitely have—watched these films for hours on end, with rapt attention. And when it’s released later this summer (August 14th), I’ll be one of the first in line for tickets to Straight Outta Compton, the highly anticipated, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube co-produced film biopic of N.W.A’s infamously indelible legacy.

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Jersey Girl Blues: Bessie by Michael A. Gonzales @gonzomike @IAmQueenLatifah

1923:  Studio portrait of American blues singer Bessie Smith looking over her shoulder while wearing a long white shawl and a hat with an ostrich feather plume.  (Photo by Frank Driggs Collection/Getty Images)

Jersey Girl Blues: Bessie
by Michael A. Gonzales

Growing-up in the post-civil rights era, Bessie Smith’s tragic death on September 26, 1937 in Clarksdale, Mississippi following a car accident was often used to illustrate the brutality of the “separate but equal” Jim Crow laws in the South. Supposedly, after a Southern “white” hospital refused to admit the pioneering blues singer following the crash, Bessie bled to death on the side of the road. With her legend becoming a modern day folk tale that haunted many Black children, most of us had no idea who Smith was or what she represented. While this version of Bessie’s biography, written by legendary record man John Hammond in the pages of Down Beat magazine, was later discovered to be a myth, it served as an introduction to not only Bessie Smith but the blues themselves. Read more of this post

Ego Ella May Continues to Mesmerize Ears, Hearts, Minds and Souls with New Zero EP [FULL STREAM + FREE DOWNLOAD] @EgoEllaMay @wulumusic @Reissgmusic


A ton of new music perpetually finds its way into the soulhead offices, and while we’re always eager to give the goods a proper spin, only a small fraction of what we hear ultimately steals our breath away. The latest object of our aural affection to render us breathless is South London siren Ego Ella May, a burgeoning talent overseas that many folks here in the States may not be hip to just yet, but absolutely need to be. Read more of this post

D’Angelo and The Vanguard Live Spotify Sessions [FULL STREAM] @thedangelo

Just in time to re-ignite soulheads around the World, D’Angelo has come back around with several live versions of his Black Messiah LP.  We are really excited to bring this to you in its entirety thanks to Spotify.  Enjoy! Read more of this post

J*Davey’s New ‘POMP’ EP [Full Stream] @wearejdavey

J*Davey’s New ‘POMP’ EP [Full Stream] @wearejdavey
A few years back, we were simply in a deep trance listening to Slooow by J*Davey and we are super excited to listen to this new EP. One of the more exciting groups to come around in quite a while, JD made us stand up and listen.

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J’Danna Hypnotizes Heads with the Introspective Groove of “Gazing” [FULL STREAM & FREE DOWNLOAD] @JDANNAMUSIC_


The more the soulhead crew hears from J’Danna, the more smitten we become with her divine vocal stylings. Hailing from South London, the precocious 19-year old songbird has been seducing ears for a few years now. Back in early 2012, perennial tastemaker Gilles Peterson of BBC 6 Music featured her reimagined version of the legendary Gil Scott-Heron’s “Winter in America” on his prestigious Worldwide Awards, invited her to perform in the Brownswood Basement later that year, and has been a passionate proponent of J’Danna’s music ever since. Read more of this post

Prince – Baltimore [FULL STREAM] @3rdeyegirl @3rdeyeboy


Check out the new Prince song in dedication to the city of Baltimore released just in time for the Rally for Peace event this weekend. Enjoy.

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#LongPlayLove: Tony! Toni! Toné!’s The Revival – Celebrating 25 Years by Justin Chadwick [FULL ALBUM STREAM] @justin_chadwick @TonyToniTone1 @RaphaelSaadiq @DWayneWiggins @Only1AmarKhalil


Happy 25th Birthday to Tony! Toni! Toné!’s sophomore LP The Revival, originally released May 8, 1990.

If you’re a soulhead and all-around music aficionado like yours truly, I’m willing to bet that while your record collection may run deep and diverse, there are only a small handful of artists that you genuinely, unequivocally, and undyingly cherish. You know, those few acts that you selectively and stubbornly consider a clear cut above and beyond the rest. Those who can do no wrong musically and whose work you’ll champion unconditionally. I certainly maintain a short list of this kind, and I’ve recently expressed my “Long Play Love” for a few of them here and there. One gentleman that resides on my list, without question, and I’ve yet to write about – until today – is the remarkable Raphael Saadiq. Read more of this post

Lion Babe EP [FULL STREAM + REVIEW] @lionbabe @jillonce

Our collective neck hurts from listening to this extremely pleasing aural journey.  Lion Babe is all that and a bag of UTZ Crab Chips. Look, the sista is FOINE, she can sang and she has mad flavor.  Plus, the grooves are in the pocket.   This New York duo who had us pressing rewind (virtually of course) with Treat Me Like Fire a while back is on the scene with a very solid EP.   Although very creative and original in their own right, fans of Erykah Badu and J*Davey will definitely dig this.  Honestly, this will officially compete for our best of and we are not even half way done with with this trip around the sun.  SUPER JOB!!! Read more of this post

Lion Babe – Move on Up (Curtis Mayfield Remake) [FULL STREAM] @lionbabe @jillonce

Lion Babe - Move on Up (Curtis Mayfield Sample) [FULL STREAM] @lionbabe @jillonceLion Babe just keeps putting out quality material.  A while back, we brought you their sexy Treat Me Like Fire and received an amazing response.   Their lead singer, Jillian Hervey, just happens to be the daughter of Vanessa Williams and possesses the same presence and vocal talent as her mom.  We really love this sound, look and feel especially given the source.  Sampling Curtis Mayfield is one thing but remaking Curtis is an entirely different animal. Read more of this post

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